As the countdown to Christmas gathers pace, follow our food solutions and you'll sail through all the challenges of the season
1. There's a million things to do and you're already feeling wound-up!
Food solution: Tiredness can exacerbate stress, so eat a power-packed breakfast for a slow release of energy through the day - wholemeal toast or porridge is ideal.
2. You've got a long day of Christmas shopping in town.
Food solution: Pop a few high-fibre snacks in your bag - fresh fruit,banana loafor a slice of wholemeal bread with peanut butter. And before you go,eat a fortified breakfast cereal to get your daily dose of B vitaminsand folic acid.
3. It's the children's school play - they're over-excited and the play hypes them up even more!
Food solution: Avoid fizzy drinks and sweets to reduce their intake of artificialsweeteners, which have been associated with hyperactivity, and puthealthy treats in their lunchbox. Kids often love unusual combinations- try fruit or veg with dips, satsuma segments with blackcurrant yogurt, carrots and pure fruit jam or celery and peanut butter.